Junior Ana Calito knocked down 15 shots and pulled up 15 digs Tuesday as the Missouri Valley College women's volleyball team began its Heart of America Conference campaign with a 25-10, 26-24, 25-18 victory at Peru State.
The Lady Vikings enjoyed an attack percentage of .277, with junior Jada Holllinshead adding 11 kills. Juniors Dianne Dellasella and Claire Lorenz combined for 25 saves, while junior Tarrah Sweet provided 34 assists hours after she was named the league's "setter of the week."
Senior Tara Gonzalez topped the Lady Bobcats (1-6, 0-1 HAAC) with seven kills.
Valley split a pair of matches Saturday during the Fontbonne Triangular at St. Louis. The Lady Vikings were beaten in three sets by 4-0 Benedictine (Ill.) in the opener, 25-19, 27-25, 25-19, despite 21 attacks split between junior Courtney Wallace and Calito.
Against the host Lady Griffons (0-3), Hollinshead and freshman Allison Moran each had eight spikes and senior Jessica Gates recorded 17 digs for a 25-15, 25-13, 26-24 Valley victory.
The Lady Vikings (4-3, 1-0) head to Evangel for a HAAC tilt Saturday.
The Valley men's soccer team fell from No. 10 to 12th in the NAIA rankings after suffering its first loss of the season and playing to a draw.
The Vikings were taken into overtime Saturday at Ashford (Iowa) before dropping a 1-0 non-conference contest. The Saints (2-1) used a three-touch combination for a goal by junior Lucas Almeida in the 98th minute. Junior Patrick Kinsella made four saves for the shutout.
Valley's home opener Tuesday ended with a 2-2 stalemate against Texas-Brownsville, which jumped into the poll at No. 19 after beating second-ranked Baker, 5-1, three days earlier.
Junior Leonardo Medeiros got the Scorpions (1-0-3) on the board in the third minute of the match, but a pair of second-half goals by junior Nicholas Alexander gave MVC the lead. Sophomore Dillon Gaffney tied the contest and, despite playing short-handed over the final 11 minutes, UTB held on for the tie.
The Vikings (1-1-1) will be at home Saturday against Mid-Continent (Ky.).
Senior Katrina Duncan converted a feed from freshman Haley Ennis with 7:45 elapsed in overtime Tuesday to give the Valley women's soccer team its second win of the season over a pre-season Top-25 opponent.
The Lady Vikings defeated visiting Texas-Brownsville, which dropped out of the rankings from No. 21, in a 3-2 non-conference match. Senior Emily Lock gave Valley the early lead before the Lady Scorpions (0-3) tied it on freshman Mina Kjoerum's boot.
Senior Yessica Hernandez set up the Lady Vikings' second goal of the half, by junior Floxy Owere, but junior Nelleke Smits tied the match 15 minutes into the second period.
Valley only managed one shot during the extra frame, but junior Erikka Diarte came up with her seventh save to keep her team alive.
The Lady Vikings (3-1) will be at Columbia for a non-conference contest Wednesday.